When does the 59th session of the General Assembly open?
What are the dates of the general debate?
Opens: Tuesday, 14 September 2004;
General debate opens: Tuesday, 21 September 2004;
closes: Friday, 1 October 2004.
How do I contact the President of the 59th General Assembly?
His Excellency, Mr. Jean Ping (Gabon), Room C-204*, Telephone:
(212) 963-7555; Fax: (212) 963-3301.
[* The President’s office is located on the 2nd
floor of the Conference Building, between the ECOSOC and
Trusteeship Council Chambers].
How many copies of statements are needed for distribution
in the General Assembly Hall? Where and when do I deliver
Before meeting begins, deliver statements to the documents
counter on the left side of the General Assembly Hall or
to the conference officer.
300 copies for general distribution; or 30 copies for minimum
distribution; or at least 6 copies for interpreters and
press officers only.
Can a delegation circulate communications or other materials
in the General Assembly Hall before the meeting?
As a general rule, only UN documents and statements of speakers
can be distributed in the Hall before a meeting. Any other
pertinent materials must be cleared in advance with the
Chief of the General Assembly Affairs Branch (ext. 3.2336
in room S-2925, or ext. 3.7787 in GA-200).
How do I arrange for a videotape of my head of State’s
statement in the General Assembly Hall? Photographs?
For videotaping, contact the Chief, Broadcast and Conference
Support Section, FAX: (212) 963-3699; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
For photographs: photos of heads of State delivering statements
in the plenary of the General Assembly are routinely taken
and available from the UN Photo Resource Centre, room S-0805L,
Tel: (212) 963-6927/963-0034, Fax: (212) 963-1658. Special
requests for other photographs may be addressed to Mr. Evan
Schneider, room S-0927B, Tel: (212) 963-5828; such requests
can be accommodated only as staffing constraints allow.
6. How can a Member State co-sponsor a resolution?
Member States wishing to co-sponsor a particular draft resolution
may sign up with the Member State coordinating the draft
resolution or with the staff member of the General Assembly
Affairs Branch responsible for draft resolutions in the
General Assembly Hall during plenary meetings, or at other
times in room S-2994B or S-2925.
Where can I get a blank copy of the co-sponsorship form?
From the offices of the General Assembly Affairs Branch,
S-2994B or S-2925, or in the General Assembly Hall during
What is the procedure for tabling a draft resolution?
the printed version and a computer diskette containing
the final text of a draft resolution must be submitted
by an accredited delegate of a Mission, and signed in
the presence of the General Assembly staff member responsible
for processing draft resolutions;
the submitting delegation provides a list of co-sponsors
if the new draft resolution is based on a previous one,
the old text may be downloaded from the UN Official Document
System, and necessary changes made, i.e. new text in bold
and unwanted text clearly marked for deletion.
Where can I get a copy of the resolution adopted?
A few weeks after adoption, resolutions are published in
the A/RES/ series of documents. Until then, the text is
contained in the “L” document or in the report
of a Committee.
Where can I get a copy of the voting record on the resolution
From the General Assembly Affairs Branch in room S-2994B
How can I find out the programme of work of the respective
Call the Secretary of the respective Main Committee. The
Secretaries’ names, office locations and telephone
numbers are available in document A/INF/59/3.